The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF), has announced its coveted conference program and speaker line-up for 2014. Scheduled to take place at The Hotel InterContinental Berlin, March 3 – 5th, 2014, IHIF is the leading international meeting place for the hotel investment community. The prestigious event routinely steers the direction for the hotel investment industry and is attended by nearly 2,000 of the most senior level professionals from around the world, with over 60 countries represented.
This is a conference where business gets done. It’s extremely well run and the people who attend are first-rate. I come to this event to get in touch with the industry and to meet with our stakeholders and investors.
- Frits van Paaschen, President & CEO, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Our industry is as much about meeting people and finding out what they are up to as anything else, and you can do that here in Berlin. Everyone is at IHIF and you've got a chance to share time with the folks that are actually delivering the results on the ground. You can’t beat that experience, it's fantastic.
- Nick Van Marken, Global Head – Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP
The comprehensive program for the 2014 Conference will address a number of global issues that are impacting the industry including such topics as: the rise of collaborative consumption, productivity and value; sovereign wealth funds; venture capital; REITS and private equity. Key executives will sit on discussion panels and address topics including: designing deals for successful exits; how the performance of hotel assets compare to other forms of real estate; managing over-rented hotels; management of F&B and spa; and luxury budget. Professionals looking to expand globally and enter new markets will benefit from attending IHIF’s series of country sessions with focus on Africa, Indonesia, Russia, Spain and South America
Included in the line-up of 170 industry leaders set to present over the course of the three day conference are: Ian Schrager, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the Ian Schrager Company, and recipient of the IHIF 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award; HE Mari Elka Pangestu Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia; Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); Majid Mangalji, Founder and President, Westmont Hospitality Group; Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, Accor; Alan Leibman, Chief Executive Officer, Kerzner International Development; Samih Sawiris, Chairman, Orascom Development; Alfredo Maria De Falco, Head of Financing and Advisory - Italy, UniCredit; Sergey Shpilko, Chairman, Moscow Committee for Tourism and Hospitality; Jean-Philippe Chomette, Chief Executive Officer, Algonquin; Michael Glennie, President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts and Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer, Halekulani Corporation amongst many others.
For more information and to register for IHIF, please visit www.berlinconference.com.